|Baltes Distinguished Research
Achievement Award, awarded by APA Division 20
- 2016 Tom Hess
A distinguished professor of psychology at NC State, Hess is among the world’s leading researchers on the effects of aging on cognition. In his 35-year career at the university, he’s published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, delivered dozens of public talks and lectures and authored and co-authored four edited books. His writings have been cited nearly 3,500 times by researchers around the world.
- 2015 Richard Schulz
Richard Schulz is Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Gerontology, and Associate Director of the Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Schulz has spent most of his career doing research and writing on adult development and aging. His work has focused on social-psychological aspects of aging, including the impact of disabling late life disease on patients and their families.
- 2014 Jutta Heckhausen
Professor, Psychology & Social Behavior, School of Social Ecology, University of California – Irvine. Professor Heckhausen’s general areas of interest are: life-span developmental psychology, motivational psychology, control behavior, psychological influences on health, and developmental regulation across the life span. Her ongoing research addresses the role of the individual as an active agent in major life-course transitions and when confronted with challenging life events.
- 2013 Roger Dixon
Canada Research Chair in Cognition and Aging, Director of Alberta Cognitive Neuroscience, and Professor of Psychology at University of Alberta.
For over three decades, Dr. Roger Dixon has contributed seminal theoretical, methodological, and empirical understanding of changes in cognition within and across individuals as they age. As co-founder and principal investigator of the Victoria Longitudinal Study, Dr. Dixon and his colleagues continue to break new ground with long-term studies of health, cognition, life-style environment, biomedical, physiological and social-affective factors contributing to human aging.
- 2012 Suzanne Corkin
Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, Emerita at MIT. Dr. Corkin has had a long-standing commitment to investigating the biological bases of human memory systems, cognitive and neural characteristics of healthy aging, and natural history and pathophysiology of degenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
- 2011 Christopher
Professor of Psychology, Georgia Institute of
Technology. Christopher Hertzog has made some of the most
profound and lasting contributions to the study of adult
behavioral development. Together with Paul Baltes, John Horn, John
Nesselroade, and Karl W. Schaie, he has been pivotal in creating
and establishing the lifespan approach in developmental psychology
and gerontology. His research interest covers cognitive,
developmental and lifespan psychology, and he is also an
outstanding multivariate methodologist. Currently, he focuses on
age-related declines in basic mechanisms of cognition, memory, and
information processing, related to understanding `successful
cognitive aging.` Of particular interest to him are metacognition
and strategic self-regulation – evaluating how people monitor and
adapt their behavior in tasks to improve their performance.
- 2010 Arthur
Nancy Lurie Marks Professor of Neuroscience,
Director, Volen National Center for Complex
Systems. Dr. Wingfield`s research interests span across the
interaction between sensory and cognitive change on speech
recognition and memory, the genetic contributions to sensory and
cognitive functions, and the effects of speech rate and content
complexity on language comprehension and memory.
- 2009 Sherry L.
Professor of Human Development, Pennsylvania
State University. Dr. Willis is lifespan psychologist with a
primary focus on cognitive development in middle adulthood and
aging. Her major research interest is on how cognitive
functioning changes across the adult lifespan - including both
basic cognitive abilities and everyday problem solving.
- 2008 David
Director, Centre on Aging, and Lansdowne
Professor of Psychology, University of Victoria. Dr.
Hultsch`s research is devoted to adult development and aging. He
has paid special attention to contextual factors of aging.
Prominent among these are individual differences in aging-related
change, and patterns and predictors of actual cognitive (memory)
changes. Herein, he has played a major role in designing and
implementing the famous Victoria Longitudinal Study.
- 2007 Leah Light
Psychology, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA. Dr. Light`s
research interests lie in cognition and aging, with a particular
focus on differentiating aspects of memory that are well-preserved
in old age from those that are more negatively affected. Her most
recent work deals with issues relating to the formation of new
associations and their subsequent retrieval.
Baltes Doctoral Dissertation Award in the Psychology of Aging,
awarded by APA Division 20 (2001-2006)
- 2006 Jochen Philipp Ziegelmann
Senior research scientist at the Free University of Berlin`s
department of health psychology. His dissertation dealt with
"Self-Regulation and Successful Aging: Adoption and Maintenance of
Health Behaviors Across the Lifespan". (Summary) Currently, this work continues
within the international and multidisciplinary research consortium
"Fostering Lifelong Autonomy and Resources in Europe Behavior and
Successful Aging (www.health-and-aging.de" which is part of the
funding scheme "Future Leaders of Ageing Research in Europe" of the
German Federal Ministry of Research.
- 2005 Colleen M. Parks
- 2004 Stuart W.S. MacDonald
University of Victoria, British Columbia
research lies primarily within two research traditions: individual
differences in cognitive aging and the cognitive neuroscience of
aging. He examines patterns and predictors of cognitive decline in
the healthy elderly, as well as for the developmental transition
between primary and secondary aging (e.g., accelerated memory loss
due to morbidity). In particular, he is interested in the early
identification of risk factors (genetic, biological, psychological)
that foreshadow cognitive impairment associated with age, dementia
onset, and subsequent death.
- 2003 Quinn Kennedy
formerly Stanford University.
- 2002 Nina
Senior researcher at the Institute of Medical
Psychology, Center for Human and Health Sciences of the Berlin
Medical department. Received her PhD at the Free University of
Berlin for her work on "Coping as a personality process: How elderly
patients deal with cataract surgery"
(Dissertation online http://www.diss.fu-berlin.de/2002/108/).
- 2001 Mara
Associate Professor of Gerontology, Psychology
and the Neuroscience Graduate Program, University of Southern
California, Emotion & Cognition Lab.top
Paul Baltes Award for outstanding dissertations in developmental
psychology, awarded by the
German Psychological Society DGPs
- 2015 Co-Winners Marie Schäfer and Anne K. Reitz Ms. Schäfer's dissertation was entitled "Cultural variation in children‘s development of ressource sharing and faireness". Ms Reitz's disseration was entitled "Adaptation of adolescence in social context: integrating developmental, acculturative and intergroup approaches."
- 2013 Myriam Sander
In her dissertation, Ms.
Sander uses behavioral and electrophysiological markers of capacity and selectivity
to study lifespan age differences in working memory
- 2011 Co-Winners Julia Dietrich and Ina Schöllgen
In her dissertation, Ms. Schöllgen asks how socio-economic status, i.e. education, income, and financial assets, influences a person’s health in the second half of her life. Ms. Schöllgen approaches this intriguing question of developmental psychology in an original way and on an excellent methodological and theoretical level. Using data from the German Ageing Survey (DEAS), she shows that social inequalities in health were rather stable or increasing over age. Ms. J. Dietrich’s dissertation deals with young people’s dealing with the transition from school to secondary education, seen from the perspective of self-regulation. Her central question is the exploration of youth with respect to vocational or professional preferences and its interaction with parental support. She tests to what extent parental support adapts itself to the transition and how far parents adapt to youth development. In sum, this dissertation reaches a very high methodological level and leads to theoretically and practically relevant findings on the interaction of parental expectations and career exploration.
- 2009 Julia Karbach
acknowledges an elaborate study on training of executive control
functions in different age groups (children, young and older
adults). The study is an important contribution to understanding
age-related changes in trainability of executive control functions
and shows potential and limits of different training options. Dr.
Karbach`s findings are of high relevance to fundamental research
as well as application.
- 2007 Eva-Marie Kessler
Her work on
the "Intergenerational Potential: Psychological effects of
interaction between elder and young people" earned Eva-Marie
Kessler the doctorate from the International University Bremen
(today Jacobs University). Currently, she is postdoc at the
University of Mannheim.
(Summary in German)
- 2003 Hedwig van Bakel
Today Assistant Professor at the University
Tilburg, Hedwig van Bakel received the award for her dissertation
on "Infants and their parents: development in a social context".
- 2001 Claudia Ruff
Received the doctoral degree
in psychology from the Technical University of Braunschweig with
her work on Native language acquisition of German and Italian
children (Summary in German). Today she is
psychologist for children and youth in private practice.
- 2001 Susanne Völker
Did her doctorate at the
University of Osnabrück with "An Analysis of interaction patterns
between mother and child in the third month of life: The role of
warmth and contingency". (Summary in German)
- 2000 Jutta
Received her doctorate the Free University
of Berlin and spent her time as doctoral student at the Berlin Max
Planck Institute for Human Development. Today she is junior
professor for developmental psychology at the University of Saar.
Her dissertation dealt with Adult age differences in task
switching: Components, generalizability, and modifiability. (Summary)
Margret and Paul
Baltes Young Investigator Award in behavioral and social science
research by the German Society for Geriatrics and Gerontology
- 2014 Eva-Marie Kessler
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin im Abteilung für Psychologische Alternsforschung
Psychologisches Institut der Universität Heidelberg
- 2010 Daniel Zimprich
Psychological Gerontology, Department of Psychology, University of
PD Dr. Zimprich was awarded for his innovative
contributions to the longitudinal study of cognition, learning,
personality and health behavior in old age. His main fields of
research are: cognitive aging and learning, methods of
longitudinal research, and subjective cognitive complaints in old
- 2006 Katja Werheid
scientist at the Institute for Clinical Psychology at the Humboldt
University of Berlin. Katja Werheid has analysed the influence of
emotions on the memory capacity in old age and in age-related
memory disorders. Her research is of theoretical relevance for
modelling the interaction between emotion and cognition over the
lifespan but is also of practical importance for the
rehabilitation of memory disorders in early stages of
- 2004 Daniela Jopp
Fellow in Psychology at the Georgia Institute of
- 2000 Mike Martin
of Psychology at the University of Zurich, he received the award
for the combination of fundamental, longitudinal cognitive
research and applied gerontological research in the field of
planning performance and prospective memory. His contribution was
corresponded the international level and was exemplary not only
considering the early stage of his career.
Margret M. and Paul B.
Baltes Early Career Award in Social and Behavioral Gerontology,
awarded by GSA
- 2016 Susanne V. Wurm
Dr. Wurm is a professor of psychogerontology and the deputy director of the Institute of Psychogerontology at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg. Her work focuses on the promotion of healthy aging. Based on a psychological life-span perspective, she examines different psychosocial resources in their impact on health and longevity, while integrating epidemiological and sociological perspectives into her research. Most recently, she has examined the role of individual views on aging, how they can act as self-fulfilling prophecy, and how these views can be changed within the context of interventions.
- 2015 Nilam Ram
Dr. Ram is currenlty an Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, and Psychology
at Penn State. His work focuses on longitudinal research methodology and life-span development — particularly in how within-person/intra-individual change and variability study designs can contribute to the understanding of human behavior. He is developing and applying novel longitudinal methods in ways that address fundamental questions about behavioral change.
- 2014 Corinna E. Löckenhoff
Dr. Löckenhoff is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development at Cornell University.Her groundbreaking research revolves around age differences in socioemotional functioning and their implications for health-related decision making and outcomes. Recently she has focused on translating findings from laboratory-based decision-making paradigms to real-world healthcare settings. Her work also has major implications for understanding barriers to optimal decision making among older adults and their loved ones who are facing challenging choices in the face of life-threatening illnesses. A driving theme throughout her career is the belief that the foundations for healthy aging begin early in life and her work takes a holistic view of life-long health. As such, her research program focuses on the role of stressful life events, social relationships, and balancing present and future well-being.
- 2013 Stuart MacDonald
Dr. MacDonald is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Victoria.His research focuses on cognitive aging and early identification of those at risk for cognitive decline and disease, such as Alzheimer's disease. He is a long-standing member and now co-investigator of the Victoria Longitudinal Study, and a collaborator of the Aging Research Center at the Karolinska Institute. He also leads the PREVENT study at the University of Victoria, the goal of which is to search for markers, both biological and behavioral, that may be present before the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease begin to show.
- 2012 Christiane Hoppmann
Dr. Hoppmann currently is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, where she also directs the Health and Adult Development Laboratory. Her research blends theoretical sophistication and cutting-edge methodology in the fields of lifespan human development and health psychology. Her ambitious research agenda involves understanding the proximal and distal mechanisms linking social interrelations to long-term developmental outcomes.
- 2011 Dennis Gerstorf
In July 2011, Dennis Gerstorf joined the faculty at the Institute of Psychology at Humboldt University of Berlin as a professor of developmental psychology. His primary research interests include heterogeneity and differential development in old and advanced old age. His studies have demonstrated that major life events, such as impending death, come along with lasting changes in well-being. Gerstorf has found that levels of life satisfaction decline quite rapidly as individuals approach death. Using advanced multivariate growth curve modeling, his research also has shown that well-being is not only a consequence of, but also a source for, successful aging outcomes.
- 2010 Helene Hoi Lam FUNG
Associate Professor, Department of
Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
research interest of Fung is the study of how goals change across
adulthood and their impacts on social relationships, emotional
regulation, and cognition. She has contributed much to the study
of psychology and ageing in Hong Kong and also throughout the rest
of China. Fung is currently developing new tools and research
designs for cross-cultural comparisons on the regulation of social
relation and time perspective across the life span between China,
Europe, and the U.S.
- 2009 Derek M. Isaacowitz
Associate Professor of Psychology,
Dr. Isaacowitz's expertise
field is Emotion and Aging. He studies how emotional experiences
change with age, and how individual differences in predictors of
emotion( e.g. optimism) may change through adulthood.
- 2008 Anthony D. Ong
Anthony D. Ong is
currently Assistant Professor of Human Development at Cornell
University and Director of the Resilience and Lifespan Development
Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from
the University of Southern California and completed his
postdoctoral studies at the University of Notre Dame. His research
focuses on the socio-emotional, cognitive, and cultural resources
that people draw upon to adapt to stressful life circumstances as
they age. A central goal is to understand how certain individuals
show maintenance, recovery, or even improvements in adaptive
outcomes despite the presence of challenge and adversity.
- 2007 Lynn M. Martire
Martire is Associate Professor or Psychiatry at the University of
Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the impact
of family interactions on the health and well-being of ill older
adults, and the potential benefit of including a close family
member in psychological or behavioral interventions for late-life
chronic illness. Her work has appeared in the top aging journals
(e.g., Psychology and Aging), health psychology journals (e.g.,
Health Psychology) and medical journals (e.g., JAMA).
- 2006 Julie Ann McMullin
Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and an
Associate Dean in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University
of Western Ontario. Dr. McMullin is an internationally recognized
scholar in the area of aging and the life course. She has examined
workforce aging, the proliferation of employment in information
technology, and new economy issues in Canada, the United States,
the European Union, and Australia. Dr. McMullin`s research focuses
on how class, age, gender, ethnicity, and race structure
inequality in paid work and families.
Understanding Social Inequality: Class, Age, Gender, Ethnicity,
and Race in Canada (2004) Oxford University Press.
- 2005 Kaarin Anstey
Professor and Director of the Ageing Research Unit of the
Australian National University. Understanding cognitive ageing is
Dr. Anstey`s central passion, her other interests include mood and
depression, psychometrics, the measurement of change, and
behavioral consequences of a variety of illnesses, functional
limitations or losses (e.g., driving capacity). http://cmhr.anu.edu.au/ageing/
- 2004 Brent J. Small
Associate Professor at the University of South Florida. Brent
Small sees himself as strongly influenced by the works of Margret
and Paul Baltes. He examines changes in cognitive performance
during the preclininal phases of the Alzheimer disease. With his
research he hopes to contribute to identifying high risk persons
who should undergo prophylactic treatment.
- 2003 Becca Levy
Professor of Psychology at the Yale School of Public Health. Becca
Levy`s research explores psychosocial influences on aging. Her
studies focus on how psychological factors, particularly older
individuals` perceptions of aging, affect cognition and health in
old age. She studies this by examining: 1) how psychosocial
factors influence recovery and survival in old age; 2) how the
aging process differs in cultures that hold diverse views of
aging; and 3) how interventions, designed to trigger either
positive or negative age stereotypes, influences a variety of
outcomes in older individuals including memory, physical
performance and cardiovascular response to stress.
- 2002 Hayden B. Bosworth
Associate Professor of health
psychology at the Duke University`s Medical School. Hayden
Bosworth examined the antecedents of poor blood pressure control
in a sample of veterans with hypertension. This observational
study helped identify important patient characteristics which
became the cornerstone of a theoretical model that he developed to
explain what behaviors to focus on in self management
- 2001 Manfred Diehl
Professor of Human Development and Family Studies; Director
of the Center on Aging, Colorado State University. Manfred Diehl
has worked on social and emotional development in adulthood and
old age. In particular, the Margret M. Baltes Award recognized
that he had published several articles that showed that older
adults coped with stress and conflict in a more mature and
effective way than younger adults. Moreover, the Award also
recognized his contributions in the area of personality
development in adulthood. (Summary)
- 2000 Frieder Lang
Psychogerontology at the University Erlangen-Nuremberg. The award
was given to merit his work on regulation of social relationships
in later adulthood. (Summary)
- 1999 Karen L. Fingerman
Professor of developmental and family research at Purdue
University, West Lafayette, IN.
Dr. Fingerman`s work examines regulation of emotions in
interpersonal relationships. Her early research examined problems
in relationships between aging mothers and their adult daughters,
and relied on self-report, partner report, and observational data.
She also has examined grandparents` worries, irritations, and
disappointments with each of their grandchildren. Her recent
research has focused on age differences in emotional experiences
with members of the social network. She conducted a study of
holiday cards as well as a study of close, problematic and
ambivalent social network members. Her research has been funded by
the U.S. National Institutes of Health as well as by several